Cohen spent his final weekend of freedom trying to maintain a semblance of normalcy — leaving his Manhattan apartment building on Saturday with his son to go to a coffee shop and then to a barbershop. They both got haircuts. Cohen’s next stop was the pricy store Barneys New York, where he told journalists that he plans to hold a news conference Monday before heading to prison.
Cohen remains the only person charged in a scandal involving hush-money payments to adult-film star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal, who had threatened during the presidential campaign to speak up about alleged affairs with Trump.
Cohen started to cast himself publicly as a whistleblower less than three months after the FBI raided his home and apartment.
He gave a series of tantalizing teases that there was “more to come,” starting with an interview last July in which he told ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos he was no longer loyal to Trump. More dribbled out over the next few weeks. Cohen’s attorney, Lanny Davis, released a tape of his client and Trump discussing one of the hush-money payments.
That effort, though, largely has been met with an uncompromising approach by federal prosecutors.
New York investigators built their case for months without speaking with Cohen, then finally agreed to meet with him on a Saturday last August, just a few days before he would plead guilty.